They Understood Nothing

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 Samuel 21-22; Luke 18:24-43

31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and said, “Look, we’re going up to Jerusalem, and everything written about the Human One by the prophets will be accomplished. 32  He will be handed over to the Gentiles. He will be ridiculed, mistreated, and spit on. 33  After torturing him, they will kill him. On the third day, he will rise up.” 34 But the Twelve understood none of these words. The meaning of this message was hidden from them and they didn’t grasp what he was saying. (Luke 18:31-34, Common English Bible).

Mark Twain once said, “The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.”

Niels Bohr said, “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” Um, no problem there Niels. I won’t argue your point. I don’t understand it.

Elbert Hubbard said, “He who does not understand your silence probably will not understand your words.”

William Howard Taft wrote, “Don’t write so that you can be understood. Write so that you can’t be misunderstood.”

Stephen Covey said, “Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.”

Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

Some of the authors of books I read in seminary needed to hear at least a few of these. Immanuel Kant, author of The Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals would be number one on my list of people who need to talk to Einstein about his quote. I read the book ten times (short book) and I still didn’t understand what he was saying.

The disciples were like that too. I feel certain they didn’t understand quantum mechanics and many other concepts we live with today, some I understand and some I do not. I feel the same is true for you. Somewhere, someone is going to bring forth an understanding that most of the rest of us just are not going to get.

For the disciples, it was the one who can easily pull the wool over any of our eyes. God, who does understand quantum mechanics and is not, despite what Niels Bohr has to say, profoundly shocked by it, blocked the things Jesus was saying from their minds.

It is important for us to remember that the disciples were probably of a mindset, much like the rest of the Jews, that the Messiah, and they did understand that this would be Jesus, was going to be a militant. As such he would march into Jerusalem and throw the hated Romans out. He then would re-establish Israel as a world power and Jerusalem would once again be the capital. It would be really easy for the idea that Jesus would be killed to fly over their heads. They didn’t understand yet. In truth, they probably didn’t want to understand.

Things were about to happen. They would be things the disciples wouldn’t understand, at least not at the moment. But, three days later, just as Jesus was telling them in this lesson, everything would change. On the third day, they would see power like they had never known before. Thanks be to God.

Have a great day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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